Ahead of today’s expected announcement that Ineos will sponsor Team Sky from next year, the petrochemicals business and its founder and controlling shareholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe have been accused of a “blatant attempt at greenwashing” by environmental campaigners.
At last year’s Tour de France, the team’s jerseys promoted the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, which aims to clear plastic pollution from the seas, and when the broadcaster announced last December that it was ending its sponsorship after this season, one of the reasons given was that it wanted focus on that initiative.
In recent days as it has become clear that the Ineos deal is all but finalised, it hasn’t gone unnoticed on social media that the new sponsor, Britain’s biggest private company, is a major manufacturer of plastics.
Today, Tony Bosworth, fossil free campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “Taking over Team Sky is the latest blatant attempt at greenwashing by Ineos.
“It’s a harsh change of tone that may see Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign to clear plastic pollution from our oceans ditched from the team jersey in favour of Ineos – one of the biggest plastic producers in Europe.
"This is also a company that wants to frack large swathes of northern England and the East Midlands. Ineos has also been lobbying hard for the government to relax safety rules so fracking companies can trigger larger earthquakes before having to down tools,” he added.
“Cycling is one the UK’s most successful and popular sports, but do the likes of Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome really want to be associated with a planet-wrecking company like Ineos?”
If you're feeling nostalgic Pashley still make a version of the Parabike. Theirs doesn't have the nifty folding frame of the BSA Airbourne Bicycle...
Dogma from 2013. Maybe these are like Porsches, all look the same but some are more classic than others?
Ah the old Bradley Terry model. An improvement to the Bradley Wiggins one. I'm not sure I really follow the methodology or if it is reliable.
He writes as if driving into someone isn't that bad as long as the result isn't serious injury. ...
Isn't that to show how rugged and manly the devices are though?
The disparity in the image quality between Mark and Mike's images is stark....
What about Miguel Indurain?
Wow! I dream of getting 6,000km out of a chain! My bike has only just cleared 5,000km...
Maybe we need to take a note out of the drivists playbook and label the lack of secure bike storage as discriminatory against the disabled
Well, I passed this lot yesterday and they seemed to be enjoying the ride... (apparently it was the national chopper convention or something!).